To every NBA fans’ surprise the Warriors did not bounce back Tuesday night from that embarrassing Game 3 defeat, and once again got utterly dominated by the Thunder in Game 4.
The Thunder now take a 3-1 lead in the series and have the Warriors on the ropes of elimination.
Game 4 followed a similar narrative to Game 3. The Thunder got out early with their defense, which created 21 turnovers over the course of the game and lead to a 19-point halftime lead. The Warriors fought back in the 3rd quarter, cutting the deficit to 12, only to score 12 points total in the 4th quarter.
Oklahoma City’s defense has been stifling on Steph Curry this entire series and last night it stopped the league’s MVP. Curry shot just 6-20 from the field, 2-10 on 3-pointers and had 6 turnovers.
This even had Bill Simmons questioning if Curry hadn’t fully recovered from that knee injury that sidelined the superstar earlier in the playoffs.
I'm ready to have a "How secretly hurt is Steph?" conversation because none of the alternatives make sense.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 25, 2016
The Warriors were just out of sorts the whole night, while the Thunder were in attack mode getting the free-throw line 40 times–compared to the Warriors 29 times. But the real battle has taken place on the glass in this series, and the Thunder again, out rebounded the Warriors by 16. Led by the New Zealander Steven Adams, who showed off his arm during Tuesday night’s game.
My two x-factors coming into this series were Draymond Green for the Warriors–and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder. I thought whoever dominated that matchup in the box score would have a leg up in this series. And so far that prediction has been proven to be true.
Westbrook notched another playoff triple-double Tuesday night, while Draymond Green was a -30 and had just as many turnovers (6) as points. Green was downright terrible in Game 3 and 4 posting a total of 12 PTS, 10 TO, 5 AST in the two games. If the Warriors want any chance of coming back and winning this series, they need Green to improve his play, and have him stop taking chances with stupid plays, as he did again in Game 4 tripping Enes Kanter.